Hello my loves! I am currently sitting at my desk, in blizzard conditions, with no patients on my schedule…. so, why not share my favorite oat recipe for you guys to enjoy in your pjs while I’m frozen at work? (Not jealous at all, don’t worry, I still love you).
Overnight oats is one of my go-to “meal prep” breakfasts because it makes breakfast quick. And for me, breakfast is a crazy, hangry experience most days, which requires a less than 5 minute process for my mental health. Or else I’m crying. (Kidding)
What are overnight oats you ask? Well, my friend. They are typically old fashioned oats, with milk and/or yogurt (and sometimes more) mixed together, placed into the fridge overnight and consumed for breakfast (or days later but we’ll get to that). Typically the basic recipe looks like this:
- 1/2 cup, dry old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup milk or dairy-free milk based product (such as soy, almond, coconut, hemp, cashew milk, etc. etc.)
- OPTIONAL: can add 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, but I prefer without
- OPTIONAL: I always add 2 TB chia seeds (love me some omega-3 fatty acids!)
Mix it all up and you have creamy delicious oats ready for you in the morning! Eat cold, or simply warm in the microwave to enjoy. Top with fruit of your choice, nut butter, yogurt, etc. Easy enough right?
There are also a ton of alternative recipe for overnight oats, which I usually partake in because I like to add additional fat, protein and spices. This is where it gets fun guys.
Chocolate peanut butter: 2 TB peanut butter, 2 TB cocoa powder
Banana almond butter chocolate chip: 1/2 ripe banana, dark chocolate chips, 2 TB almond butter
Pumpkin spice: 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg (or pumpkin spice seasoning, 2 chopped dates
Spiced raisin: 1/4 cup raisins, cinnamon, walnuts
Chocolate coconut: 2 TB cocoa powder, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut